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Verizon won't make any new friends with its latest attack on unlimited data

It appears that the unlimited wireless data "gravy train" is fast coming to an end. No matter which wireless network you use in the United States, they all are looking for ways to cripple "unlimited" data either by cutting off the plans altogether or throttling data after a certain gigabyte threshold is crossed.
 
Verizon Wireless is the latest U.S. carrier to punch customers right between the eyes when it comes to unlimited data. The company is ending the practice of allowing customers on grandfathered, unlimited 3G plans to move to an unlimited 4G data plan when upgrading to a new LTE phone. Instead, those long-time Verizon Wireless customers will have to sign up for a new plan with data caps according to FierceWireless.
 
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo explained the move at the 40th J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference, stating, "LTE is our anchor point for data share, so as you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go onto the data share plan, moving away from the unlimited world."
  
Shammo is hoping that customers won't mind being kicked off unlimited data plans once Verizon Wireless' family shared data plans launch this summer.

"Everyone will be on data share," Shammo added.
 
Unfortunately, the company has yet to announce pricing for the shared data plans. However, we have the feeling that customers will be getting a lot less for their money with a family shared data plan than they do with the current grandfathered, unlimited 3G/4G plans.

Source: FierceWireless





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RE: And then there was one
By Jeffk464 on 5/16/2012 7:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well its a good thing I got my LTE phone when I did. Looks like I'm going to have to hold on to this phone and my contract forever. If I start getting throttled to much I guess I will just dump the smart phone idea, and go back to your basic flip phone.


RE: And then there was one
By Bateluer on 5/16/2012 11:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, once your contact hits its end date, you'll get moved to a tiered plan and there's nothing you can do about it. Except make a note of every single free WiFi place and make a point to use WiFi at home.


RE: And then there was one
By christojojo on 5/17/2012 6:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
My solution was to downgrade to a regular cellphone and not have a media phone. I use a iPod Touch now for that ability.Is it limiting? yep But did I personally need the media/ data phone capabilities no. My phone was for personal/ selfish reasons so it was an easy regrettable decision.


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